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Three walls of large windows open the kitchen to natural light. Piper replaced the home's original single-pane windows to help the kitchen maintain a more consistent temperature in Seattle's chilly winters.
Initially, the window walls presented some challenges to the electrical work. The home's midcentury roof construction meant there was no clear way to run wiring into the ceiling, and the windows prevented using the walls. "We had to do some very creative wiring and use some exposed conduit to get the lights and switches where we wanted them," says Piper.
Countertop and bar top: ReStore; bar stools: Modernica Case Study Dowel Barstool
Using materials that are kind to the environment, and the family's health, was important to Piper. The smooth black countertop is made of repurposed school chalkboards from a local salvage supply store. After being cut to size and their edges smoothed, they were finished with mineral oil for an easy-to-clean surface.
Ecofriendly cabinetry made out of plywood certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and formaldehyde-free glue is topped with a beautiful walnut veneer. Piper had the cabinets finished with a UV-cured material that eliminates all volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Bright turquoise and orange accents inside some of the shelving add a playful touch without becoming overwhelming.
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Cabinetry, shelving: Kerf Design; refrigerator: KitchenAid